Ronald J. Ravizza, 79, of Berlin, Conn., husband of Christine (Michalski) Ravizza, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017, at his home. Born in New Britain, son of the late James and Lillian (Massirio) Rivizza, he was a lifelong Berlin resident. Ron was a graduate of Hall High School, class of 1955, and served with the 103rd Fighter Group of the Connecticut National Guard. He founded Ravizza Brothers Blasting of Berlin and Cromwell with his dad and served as president of the company.
Ron was a member of St. Paul Church, Kensington; the Connecticut Boxing Guild; a member and past president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Explosive Engineers. An avid UCONN Basketball and New England Patriots fan, he loved horse racing the most. Besides his wife Christine, he leaves a daughter, Kendra Ravizza, of Middletown; a brother, Alvin Ravizza, and his wife Nancy of Berlin; a granddaughter, Amber Ravizza, of Cromwell; a great grandson, Kevin Ravizza; a former daughter-in-law, Sharianne Kroeber, of Middletown; and three nieces, Tracey, Sharlene and Shelly. Besides his parents, Ron was predeceased by a son, Kevin Ravizza.
Ron's family expresses extreme thanks to his faithful, longtime caregiver, Josh Clifford and to all of his other caregivers for the past six years. Calling hours are 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Home, 45 Franklin Square, New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul Church, Alling Street, Kensington. Burial will follow in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Association, PO Box 718, Old Mystic, CT 06372. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com.